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Catedral de la Annunciacion, Granada: 54 reviews and 122 photos
The Cathedral is 'The' city landmark, but is overshadowed by the Alhambra. My guidebook devotes 3 pages to the Palace and a mere 18 lines on the Cathedral!
I was impressed by this building. In fact I was far more moved by the atmosphere and architecture, than I was by The Alhambra Palace - Please see my Tourist trap tips
I paid my entrance fee 2.5 Euros, and hired a 'taped guide' ( passport as deposit)
I did wish I had more hands - camera, notebook, audio guide, were enough to juggle, without needing one to lift my dropped jaw, as I stepped into the light, spacious, airy Cathedral ,with the afternoon sun streaming through the stained glass windows!
The Cathedrals plans were drawn up at the same time as the Royal Chapel.
This was to be the Symbolic monument of the Christian Conquest, built over the site of a previous Mosque and 5 times bigger!
Work commenced in 1523 by Enrique Egas and J G De Hontanon - who replicated their previous Gothic designs.
Charles (Carlos) V, honeymooning in Granada, saw this as the pantheon for his Dynasty - he extended his stay from 2 weeks to 3 months.
Things were shaken up when a young Diego de Siloe arrived in 1528, making radical changes to the plans. Architectural shape and ideological content were suited to his Renaissance style.
Carlos was unimpressed thinking this would conflict with designs for the Royal chapel. A determined Siloe convinced him that his plans were more appropiate for a man of Carlos's position. His flattery worked!
Siloe directed the work from 1528 til his death in 1563. Alonso Cano, who was a renowned painter, architect and sculptor of the Baroque school took on some of the work including the main facade on Plaza de las Pasiegas.
The Cathedral wasn't finished until the 18th century, partly delayed by the Plague, when 20,000 lives were lost. It had taken 183 years to complete.
Open 10.45 - 13.30 16.00 - 20.00 Mon - Sat and 16.00 - 20.00 Sun April - October
Nov - March the Cathedral closes one hour earlier at 19.00hrs.
Address: Plaza Pasiega s/n
Directions: Entrance on Gran Via Colon - You can't miss this building !
Phone: + 34 958 22 29 59
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